Do you know who you are waiting for?

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Who am I waiting for? There’s a time for certain ideas to arrive,and they find a wayto express themselves through us. + Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being, 2023 And you, who are you waiting for? Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Delighting in the essence of essence

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Essence is such a beautiful word. Just listen to its tone and revel in its colour And its multiple dimensions of meaning create a glorious kaleidoscope: + Ecosia, in partnership with Oxford Languages I’ve been thinking about essence in terms of who we are and the beautiful change we want to create. What brings you … Read more

Musing on the wonder of water

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As the soft rain cloud settles in the valley, we are surrounded by water. Its presence on all sides. Yet what holds these droplets in place? As I wonder about these jewels on display, I realise we may have more in common. We think our contribution is a result of our doing. Our effort in … Read more

Being in the arc of time

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Yesterday, I was reminded that here in the valley, we do not have time. We can’t be rigidly bound to a to-do list if a tree is down and blocking the road. So even if I’d wanted to be elsewhere, I couldn’t get out until we’d cleared the debris and made the tree safe. And … Read more

Returning to the place of being you

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Yesterday, several threads came together to weave into one of those amazing pictures that feel familiar while offering new dimensions. ‘Eventually, you need to start being you, and then – you need to get really good at it.’ + Hugh MacLeod, Artistic Director and Lead Creative Writer, Gapingvoid This was an insightful quote in a … Read more

Being still with who we are

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I suspect that this kind of stillness doesn’t mean being rigid and motionless. It’s not an absence. Instead, it’s a wholeness characterised by being settled in our own skin. And I suspect it isn’t achieved by earnest pursuit of self-actualisation. Rather by being at peace with who we are. Making healthy choices with insight and … Read more

Where is our beautiful space?

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We have places for many things, but where is the space for our soul? This isn’t as esoteric or woo-woo as we might think. It’s just a question we’re not used to asking. Yet without it, our inner being will wither, and our resilience to do the tough stuff will fade. Pause. See differently. Re-story … Read more

Only in the quiet place

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There’s something about being in the natural environment that reveals our humanness. And this isn’t just out in the wilds, it’s also in parks and gardens. Being quiet in the more-than-human world paradoxically both amplifies and puts into perspective who we are as human beings. We see ourselves more clearly. This weekend as I and … Read more

A Song of the World

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Singular, yet not alone, connected by threads of life. A momentary, fleeting presence yet as old as these hills,  singing a distinctive song that’s part of a glorious chorus. A rhythm of being, that echoes all around. + Sue Heatherington And I could so easily have trampled upon this delicate fruiting body in the hillside … Read more

The gift of your presence

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Being human is an extraordinary gift, and with it comes the opportunity to be present. To choose to cultivate our inner and outer being – our soul and our relationships, including our work – because they are inseparable. Because our presence, in its fullness, is our gift to each other and the difference we seek … Read more